Four Towns that Moved: Mass Mining and the Transformations of Lives and Landscapes in the 20th Century

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Public lecture via Zoom by Eagle Glassheim, Department of History, University of British Columbia.

Without mass destruction mining, mass production and consumption would not be possible. The vastly increased scale of twentieth-century construction and consumption required technologies of equivalent scale to mine iron, coal, copper, asbestos, and other raw materials. The advent of highly-mechanized, high-throughput, mass-destruction mining led to surges in production that largely met the increasing global demand for metals and minerals in the mid-twentieth century.  It also fundamentally changed landscapes, labor, and ways of life in mining regions. Glassheim’s talk will explore these changes through case studies of mining towns in Czechoslovakia, Quebec, Montana and Minnesota.  The recent history of mass destruction mining helps us see hidden connections between ourselves, the materials of our consumption, and remote mining landscapes and communities.

Presented by the Center for Austrian Studies. Cosponsored by the Department of German, Nordic, Slavic & Dutch, the Center for German & European Studies, the Environmental Humanities Initiative, the Department of American Studies, and the Department of History.

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